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Amar'e Stoudemire shooting for the New Year

Amar'e Stoudemire stretches after practice. (Oct. 5, 2012)

Amar'e Stoudemire stretches after practice. (Oct. 5, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

Amar’e Stoudemire finally has a realistic target date for his season debut following knee surgery.

He said Jan. 1, 2013 is “a possibility.” It’s the first time Stoudemire has used a specific date. Of course, it depends on how his knee feels after some practices when the Knicks return home from this trip.

The way Stoudemire and Mike Woodson spoke last week about wanting to go through some practices before playing, Jan. 1 against the Blazers, Jan. 3 versus San Antonio or Jan. 5 in Orlando - where Amar’e is from – seemed to be the games that made sense.

It’s obvious the Knicks need a jolt to their system. Some fresh legs and another body inside would be welcomed for a team that is 20-8, but has dropped three of its last five games.

Stoudemire said he would be willing to accept whatever role Woodson has for him. It’s expected he will come off the bench at least at the start, and perhaps for good, depending on matchups.

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